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Wisconsin election worker’s find of uncounted ballots certain to draw scrutiny

Update: Dems cry foul as massive cache of votes was reportedly stored on a former Prosser aide’s personal computer Unofficial returns on Wednesday gave the union-backed challenger, JoAnne Kloppenburg, a narrow 204 vote statewide lead over Republican David Prosser. But late Thursday, the county clerk in Waukesha, a Republican stronghold, said that votes…

Wisconsin court race jolted by uncounted ballot find

MADISON, Wis – Officials in Waukesha County on Thursday said a final review of paperwork and records from a closely watched Wisconsin Supreme Court election uncovered thousands of uncounted votes, a potentially stunning development that could upend the contest. Unofficial returns on Wednesday gave the union-backed challenger, JoAnne Kloppenburg, a…

Wisconsin Supreme Court election still too close to call

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) – The closely watched race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court remained too close to call on Wednesday with just 235 votes of the 1.4 million votes cast separating challenger and front-runner JoAnne Kloppenburg from incumbent David Prosser. The election, the first statewide vote since Republicans passed controversial restrictions on the union rights…

Wisconsin incumbent judge Prosser clings to lead in vote

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) – A routine election for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat that became a referendum on the state’s new curbs on unionized public employees appeared too close to call early on Wednesday with the incumbent clinging to a narrow lead. With 98 percent of the state’s precincts reporting…

Carnival singer Michel Martelly to become Haiti’s first post-quake president

by Clarens Renois PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – Michel Martelly, a carnival singer with a colorful past who seized the mantle of change, is Haiti’s new president after storming to a landslide victory, preliminary results showed. The 50-year-old faces the huge challenge of rebuilding the Caribbean nation, which was the poorest country…

Canadian government falls, election set for May

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Opposition politicians drove Canada’s Conservative government out of office on charges of sleaze and mismanagement on Friday, setting the scene for an early May election that polls indicate the Conservatives will win. Opposition legislators threw papers in the air in glee after voting 156-145 in the House…

Wyclef Jean injured in Haiti election clamor

Hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean, who attempted to run for the presidency of Haiti, was injured Sunday morning in Port-au-Prince. There are conflicting reports about the nature of his wounds, though all parties agree they are non life-threatening. Jean claims he was shot in the hand, while local police say he…

Sharron Angle: I’m running for Congress in 2012

Failed GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle announced Wednesday that she will seek a House seat in 2012, passing up another Senate run in favor of a reliably conservative Nevada district that she stands a much better chance of winning. The ever-colorful Angle earned the fury of liberals for remarks about…

Survey finds Californians back tax extensions

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Californians would overwhelmingly back extending temporary tax increases to help balance the state’s budget if asked to in a special election, according to survey results released on Wednesday. The results of the statewide survey conducted by the University of California, Berkeley and The Field Poll were…

Wisconsin voters would not elect Gov. Walker in retrospect: poll

If voters in Wisconsin could repeat the 2010 gubernatorial election, the majority would support defeated Democratic nominee Tom Barrett over Republican Scott Walker, according to a report [PDF] by Public Policy Polling. Fifty-two percent of the 768 registered Wisconsin voters surveyed said they would vote for Barrett if they could…

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